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Weekly Minnesota COVID update: 2,744 new cases as spread continues to drop

Minnesota is reporting significantly fewer cases of COVID-19 in a week than it did on a typical day during the January omicron wave.

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COVID-19 virus photographed through a powerful microscope. The spikes on the outer edge of the virus particles give coronaviruses their name, crown-like. NIAID-RML
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ST. PAUL — New cases of COVID-19 continued to drop in Minnesota the week of March 12-18, with key metrics of community health risk remaining at summer 2021 lows.

The report for Friday, March 18, showed the seven-day rolling average positive test rate was 3%, below the caution threshold of 5% set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It's remained below that level for about two weeks. The rate reached a pandemic record high of 23.7% in January during a surge of cases primarily driven by the highly infectious omicron variant of COVID-19.

Meanwhile, with 2,744 new infections, Minnesota is reporting significantly fewer cases of COVID-19 in a week than it did on a typical day during the January omicron wave. In January, state health officials would sometimes report more than 10,000 cases in a single day.

The seven-day rolling average for new cases in Friday's report was 7.6 per 100,000. This week is the first time since July that measure of case growth dipped below the CDC's "high-risk" threshold of 10 per 100,000.

Following are the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 case rates, deaths, hospitalizations and vaccinations for March 12-18. Because all data are preliminary, some numbers and totals may change.

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This week's numbers

  • NEW CASES: 2,744
  • SEVEN-DAY, ROLLING AVERAGE OF NEW CASES PER 100,000 PEOPLE: 7.6 (as of 3/10)
  • TOTAL CASES, INCLUDING REINFECTIONS: 1,421,869
  • TOTAL REINFECTIONS: 62,387
  • SEVEN-DAY, ROLLING AVERAGE TEST POSITIVITY RATE: 3% (as of 3/10)

Hospitalizations, deaths

  • ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 284 (as of 3/17)
  • TOTAL HOSPITALIZATIONS: 61,193
  • DEATHS OVER PAST WEEK: 57
  • TOTAL DEATHS: 12,321

Vaccinations

  • FIRST DOSE ADMINISTERED: 3,888,220 or 69.9% of population
  • COMPLETED SERIES (2 doses): 3,675,511 or 66.1% of population
  • UP-TO-DATE DOSES: 2,545,926 or 45.8% of population
Alex Derosier covers Minnesota breaking news and state government for Forum News Service.
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